14 arrested in Buner for selling women's undergarments out in the open

Published: August 30, 2017
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PESHAWAR: In a bizarre move, the district administration of Buner district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has arrested 14 shopkeepers for selling women’s undergarments out in the open in the vicinity of the Pir Baba mausoleum.

Buner Additional Assistant Commissioner Zahid Usman Kakakhel confirmed the arrests to The Express Tribune on Wednesday, stating that the men were later released.

“We received complaints from locals about open showcasing of women’s undergarments, including bras, panties and other materials,” Kakakhel said. “Such practices are against cultural norms and values of the region.”

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He added that the shopkeepers were also involved in hooting – calling out to people visiting the areas in order to sell their products. The official claimed that he had personally seen shopkeepers call out to women passing by to urge them to buy their product.

Kakakhel said displaying women’s undergarments openly for sale might also disturb the region’s peace because ‘miscreants’ can create a law and order situation.

He added that it is awkward for families visiting the mausoleum to pass through an area where shops have openly displayed undergarments.

When questioned under which law the shopkeepers were held, the additional assistant commissioner said he had the authority to arrest anyone under Section 64 of Code of Criminal Procedure, which gives power to a magistrate to arrest anyone involved in unlawful practices such as spreading ‘obscenity’.

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“We have arrested the shopkeepers in good faith because open selling of such stuff is against the local customs and values, and people didn’t like it,” he said.

The arrested shopkeepers, he added, were freed after they pledged in the presence of local elders that they would not be involved in the practice anymore.

Social media users were appalled at the district’s move.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • vinsin
    Aug 30, 2017 - 9:20PM

    Why women cannot wear undergarments in Buner? What are cultural norms in Buner for women?Recommend

  • MirFareed
    Aug 30, 2017 - 11:02PM

    Even in modern malls, women’s underwear is not displayed openly or in windows.Recommend

  • Sabir Khan
    Aug 31, 2017 - 2:39AM

    its not fair. These business will loose customer. Every one should be free. Its 21 century not a stone ages. For some of our sister and mother its medical and sanity requirement. The DC is on the wrong side of the history.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 31, 2017 - 5:00AM

    This just shows how backward and faulty the rote system is .. it can only produce degree holders without any creative minds. Mr DC would rather have women walking without wearing Undergarments? How pathetic is this that a single person trying to tell the rest how one to live their life. Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Aug 31, 2017 - 7:11AM

    Really?! What kind of primitive nation has Pakistan become?? Who says time-travel is not possible? Pakistan has mastered it !!Recommend

  • Me
    Aug 31, 2017 - 10:51AM

    my question is if shop keeper dont display sensitive clothing , can females in our culture ask the shop keeper what to give them ?Recommend

  • Sid
    Aug 31, 2017 - 4:24PM

    Ohhhh my God……. This one made my day…….. Best one in a long timeRecommend

  • Zubair
    Aug 31, 2017 - 4:26PM

    @Khan:
    You are the biggest illiterate here. Have you ever seen even the biggest of malls displaying women under clothes in public??Recommend

  • Shinwari
    Oct 14, 2017 - 8:40PM

    My question is if shop keeper dont display sensitive clothing , can females in our culture ask the shop keeper what to give them ?Recommend

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